We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
11:1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
11:2 and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.
11:3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'"
11:4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,
11:5 some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"
11:6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.
11:7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
11:8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
11:9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
11:11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
(Note that the crowds were excited partly by the anticipation of a secular messiah who would restore David's kingdom and perhaps chase out the Romans. Not that the Romans were all that tough on Israel - unless they rebelled. Anyway, that was not Jesus' mission, and he rode into town on a colt or a donkey, not a war horse.)
Good comment. Never was Jesus' mission to be a social radical. His mission was to reform/transform the individual. Any time a social radical invokes Jesus, you can be pretty sure they are perverting the good news. The Kingdom of God cannot be brought about by social (or "political") revolution. Pretty much the difference between transformation that occurs "bottom up" vs. "top down." The latter forces it upon you. The former springs up from within.
During the last few years, up to and including oreilly's killing Jesus, the biblical figures all appear to be angry, violent men. I don't understand. The message Christ left us and the stories from the Bible all seem to indicate very strong men with loving, peaceful messages and purposes. What is it with the new movies that depict the Biblical figures as extremely violent men?
"A time to kill, and a time to heal; ... A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." Ecclesiastes 3:3, 8, Orange Catholic Bible.
The Poetry of Violence
I'm not sure about that "loving, peaceful messages" part. All of mankind has been violent until a few centuries ago, and even that only in a few places. Personal non-violence has a place in Christianity, and one can find its origins in Judaism before that, but justice, not pacifism, was the usual focus. For nonviolence you have to go to Buddhism, a creed that is pretty good at eschewing violence, but doesn't do anything to create justice.
Assistant Village Idiot
Just a reminder that serving and celebrating Jesus can include getting your coat pooped on by a donkey. Being a Christian isn't just sunshine and rainbows. :)